TP-Link EAP245_V3 Wireless Access Point

The V3 update of TP-Link’s EAP245 Ceiling Mount Access Point was well worth the wait. Compared to the previous version, the wiring of the access point is now invisible due to the relocation of the of the network and power ports. TP-Link also added a gigabit pass-through port in addition…

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How A Little Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life

I finished reading Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox and let me say that if you value your long-term health, this book is a must read! First, there is a whole lot of confusion out there surrounding Vitamin K. What is typically referred to as Vitamin K is usually Vitamin…


Extending Your Home Network for $25

The goal was to extend WiFi out from a house to a barn on a horse rescue ranch.   This would allow the use of a donated tablet located in the barn for tracking volunteer hours in an common location.  It would also allow the volunteers to use a common communication…


The Most Important Books I Read In 2018

I’ve transitioned my “reading” of books to Audible so that I can make productive use of my time.  I’ve found it very hard to make time to actually sit down and read a physical book.  However, when I’m commuting or walking the dog or working out, I can get in…


So You Want to Buy a Firearm!

I bought my first firearm in 1990. However, I had been shooting regularly since 1988 when I discovered that my university’s ROTC range had regular blocks of time open to students for recreational use. For $1 we could rent a Ruger .22. For another $1 you could buy enough ammo…


After Action Report — Tropical Storm Michael

On the night of Thursday, October 11th, 2018, Tropical Storm Michael went directly over our house in the late evening and early next morning throwing a 50 mph tantrum. The predictions over the previous 3 days of tropical storm winds ranged from 30% – 80%. Let’s just say the chance…


The Obesity Code

Dr. Jason Fung’s book is probably one of the most important you could read regarding your health.  It isn’t about a fad diet. He describes what happens to your hormone system when eating various foods as well as the frequency of food consumption. It is easily readable, yet goes into…


Over-engineering an Amazon Redshift Database Solution.

Recently I ran into some contention issues when trying to process files using the Psycopg2 library for Python into a Redshift database.  Essentially I was attempting to process each file in S3 as a multi-threaded pool and it took a ridiculous amount of time.  In the pool, I was not…


How the Middle Class Saved Humanity from Poverty

What has created humanity’s 10 – 100x wealth increase over the past roughly 200 years? From McCloskey’s “Bourgeois Equality” as well as similar positions by Nassim Taleb, Yuval Harari, and just recently Richard Ebeling, it is the cultural acceptance and encouragement of the middle class over the aristocratic and clerical…


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Jenkins Parameterized Trigger Plugin

If you’re using Jenkins for automation in software development, you may have a need to do a post-build action that passes information from the original build to the next action. For example, say you execute one script with date and time information and upon successful completion, you want to then execute…